Tuesday, May 9, 2006, 10:27 pm
Despite alarming reports to the contrary, Jose Contreras really is alive and kicking. My off day of golf (I know, I hear all of your sympathy through the internet) and Little League practice was interrupted by a flurry of calls from the media after one news outlet reported that he was headed to the DL. The rumors seemed to range from serious arm problems to a sore hip.
This was news to me (us) … which sometimes can happen, but doesn’t very often. So I quickly made a couple of calls.
What I found out was that Jose felt some stiffness in his back on Sunday. The decision was made to wait and see how he feels today before we decide how to proceed. Options range from doing nothing, to skipping a start to DL, but again, no decision has been made. Ken Williams, Ozzie Guillen, Herm Schneider, Jose and Don Cooper will probably all get together later this afternoon and decide on next steps.
Anything beyond that would be premature and speculative at this point.
Which brings me to a bit of a pet peeve.
When I was in journalism school (now about 20 years ago, yikes), you could not print or report a fact unless you had two sources to verify the information. This made sure the information was correct and also protected the journalist from sources intent on using the media to promote their opinion of someone or something as opposed to supporting factual information.
It amazes me how often this "rule" is ignored now.
Take this report, for example. No one contacted the White Sox to verify any of the information before it was reported. Don’t you think someone should have checked? It may ultimately turn out to be correct, Jose could have to go onto the disabled list, but it may also turn out to be incorrect, he may be absolutely fine. Will the reporter and his/her single source be accountable?
In a rush to be first, being accurate and correct becomes secondary, or worse, unimportant.
Making the situation worse is that once one news organization reports information, all the rest follow, potentially repeating the error made by the first. We ran into this last night. In the age we now live in, this information passes through media with lightning speed, whether it is accurate and sourced or if it is just speculative rumor.
Sorry to rant.
Let’s see how Jose feels later today, we’ll decide on a course of action, and we will let our fans know as soon as we can.
PK, Pods, Jim Thome, AJ and their wives will stop by and take part in the MLB/White Sox Habitat for Humanity House Build that is taking place today across the street in Armour Park. White Sox employees and the players are donating their time and expertise (insert joke here) to help build a house that will be donated to a family that has been re-located to the Chicago area (Lake County) due to Hurricane Katrina.
I plan to head out there this afternoon to help, but my guess is after they see me drive one nail, I might get moved to the refreshments team.